Paulette Buongirno has two children who serve in the military, so she's intimately familiar with the sacrifices made by military families. Her son Thomas, retired from the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division, is now preparing to deploy to Afghanistan with his National Guard unit.

Paulette is also a volunteer Maine Troop Greeter who will get up anytime night or day, any day of the week when a military flight is arriving at Bangor International Airport in Bangor, Maine. For ten years she's sent troops off for deployments overseas and welcomed them back to American soil.

In just a few days, Paulette and her fellow Troop Greeters will welcome veterans, Gold Star families, and other traveling dignitaries who are part of the Annual Wreath Escort to Arlington National Cemetery for National Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, December 16, 2017.

The Maine Troop Greeters will be on hand with other guests late Sunday morning, December 10th at Quirk Chevrolet in Bangor for a welcome ceremony as the escort makes multiple stops to remember, honor, and teach in Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut and other states before arriving at Arlington National Cemetery on wreath day.

Here's a little background on the Maine Troop Greeters.

The next time you're in Maine near Bangor International Airport check out the Maine Troop Greeters Museum, and plan a visit to the National Wreaths Across America Museum in Columbia Falls, Maine.






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